On Sunday 2nd March, the Irish Taekwon-Do Association welcomed Master Per Andresen VIII Degree from Norway to the City North Hotel in Dublin to conduct a business development & technical seminar. The event was organised by the ITA business development committee and Master Andresen was assisted by Mr Gunnar Alexander Rugsveen 3rd Dan,  while Mr Paco Ferrando from Spain, President of FEST and member of the ITF Marketing & Development Committee and Ms Tiziana Mimmocchi Bos, member of FITAE Italy and wife of Grandmaster Bos, also travelled to Dublin for the seminar.

Master Andresen is the chief instructor of Trondheim Taekwon-Do club, a club with almost 1,500 members based in Norway, he is also the President of National Taekwon-Do Norway (NTN), the National Association of Norway and one of the largest and most progressive groups in the ITF with over 10,000 practicing members. 

The day began with a three-hour business seminar attended by over 30 instructors from around the country, Master Andresen explained his instruction philosophy and the importance of encouraging happy & enthusiastic students before explaining the Norwegian requirements for grading. The Master also explained the structure of the NTN and its clubs, providing plenty of ideas for the ITA instructors in attendance

After a lunch break, Master Andresen, assisted by Mr Rugsveen, conducted a technical seminar, this was attended by a wide range of grades from colour belt to Master level and began with patterns from Chon Ji up to Ul-Ji. This was followed up by a number of dynamic kicking drills from the Norwegian grading syllabus, these drills were progressive, starting with easier drills for lower grades and progressing in difficulty for higher grades. 

At the end of the seminar, ITA President, Master Wheatley presented Master Andresen with a special gift of a hand-crafted pen, made from 5,000 year old Irish Bog Oak, as well as a personalised ITA portfolio and a gold ITA Masters tie, Mr Rugsveen was also presented with an ITA Blackbelt tie. All the ITA instructors in attendance received the newly designed ITA tablecloth free of charge. 

In a very generous gesture, Master Andresen donated his entire fee for the seminar to the ITF Africa Development Fund. Overall it was a very interesting & informative day that provided plenty of new ideas and insights for all instructors and students in attendance from both a business and technical point of view. Thank you must be paid to Master Andresen & Mr Rugsveen for making the trip to Ireland, we look forward to welcoming them back again in the future.  

Report by ITA PR Officer, Mr. Carl Smullen IV Dan

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 07/Mar/2014, 13:09
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On Sunday 23rd February the Irish Taekwon-Do Association hosted a free umpire workshop for all members aged 14 & older. The workshop was run in conjunction with the national team training camp which was taking place over the weekend in the Marino Institute of Education. Master Pat Barry, VII Degree, ITA Umpire Chairperson delivered the course which covered all aspects of the ITF tournament rules & protocols including the patterns competition scoring system, centre refereeing and corner judging, the role of the jury president as well as use of the electronic scoring system for sparring.

The course also included the role of the ring assistants, including equipment checks as well as information on the ITA tournament scheduling system. The course was well attended with over 50 students from colour belt up to 7th Dan Master level from all parts of the country in attendance. This included many beginners to umpiring as well as experienced national & international referees. It was a great advantage to run the workshop alongside the National team camp, as it allowed for some top level patterns & sparring competition, giving the new umpires a very realistic experience.

The workshop was very practical, with most of the time spent on the mats, looking at real-life sparring & patterns matches. Master Barry and the experienced umpires were able to offer examples from their own experience of competition & umpiring which was very helpful to the less experienced umpires in attendance. This course was well-timed with a large international contingent expected for the upcoming Dublin Open, the ITA was ensuring our umpires are fully updated & trained to allow for an excellent tournament in April. Another umpire course will be run in the near-future in another region of the country and all members are encouraged to attend. 

Report by Carl Smullen, IV Degree, ITA PR Officer

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Date: 28/Feb/2014, 13:08
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I would like to update the ITF community on the progress of the IIC scheduled for June 27-29 2014 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA. Progress is going well with excellent accommodations (high quality, low cost, and convenient location) and excellent training area (huge Gym located on the campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland- MUN). In addition to the regular IIC program that will include information on patterns, step-sparring, self-defense,
and free sparring, this IIC will also include information on the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) newly developed “KIDZ PROGRAM” with special instruction on how to teach this growing population of children from age 4-6. June in St. John’s is beautiful with opportunities for boat tours (whale watching) and sea kayaking.
Our people are known for their friendliness and “having a good time”. We already have 50 Black Belts registered for the event. Looking forward to welcoming everyone to where the mountains meet the sea. For further information please visit our website
Master Scott Downey, 7th Dan and Mrs. Cathy Downey, 6th Dan.
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Date: 28/Feb/2014, 11:12
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ITF England held it’s second ever Umpires Course on Sunday 26th January 2014 at the Royal Masonic Girls School in Rickmansworth. The session was conducted by Mr. Matt Gibb and Mr. Ken Chesterman, overseen by Master Anderson. The purpose of the course was to give the 43 participants a chance to qualify for either their Class ‘B’ or Class ‘C’ Umpires Certificate.

The one-day course ran from 10am until 5pm and consisted of a mixture of a Powerpoint presentation, Q&A and practical work. Mr. Gibb went through the rules and regulations for all competition disciplines; sparring, patterns, special technique, breaking and team events. The make-up and role of each member of the judging panel for each event was discussed, as was the general procedure. Rules and how they could be interpreted and applied was discussed extensively, with input from various participants who had knowledge and experience of international competitions.

2 rings had been set up so that following the patterns and sparring theory, the group could attempt to put what they had learnt to put into practice. Participants took it in turns to take on the roles of judges and competitors, with the competitors performing patterns with pre-determined mistakes to test the groups scoring and observation skills. To put into practice the sparring theory, volunteers did short rounds of sparring with deliberate offences that would elicit fouls and warnings, letting participants put into practice what they had learnt about the roles of centre referee, corner judge and jury president.

The day was very successful, with all participants coming away with a thorough knowledge of all competition disciplines, new ITF rules and practical experience in all of the different umpiring roles. The delivery of the course was informative and fun and will hopefully result in more umpires from ITF England clubs at international competitions in the future.

ITF England members who qualified to B classMr Daniel Lammin, Mr John Emm, Mr Scott Pidgley, Mr Richard Hutcheson.ITF England members who qualified to C classMr Mark McLaren, Mr George Hadrys, Mr Callum Clark, Mr Hayden McCarthy, Mr James Padula, Mr Jason Ogden, Mr Umesh Vijapura, Mr Vishaal Vijapura, Ms Bhavini Vijapura, Mr Thomas Taylor, Mr Nick Edmunds, Mr Simon Doucly, Mr James Singers, Mr Richard Muscutt, Mr Kevin Richardson, Ms Laura Musins, Mr Chris Jones, Ms Natalie Moore, Mr Steven Small, Mr Lucus Small, Mr Carl Norman, Mr Nikolai Savinkin, Ms Julia Tagg, Ms Laura Fox Longdon, Mr Stuart Fox Longdon, Ms Alex Haymes, Ms Jade Wilson, Mr Luke Warner, Mr Craig King, Mr Larry Wienszczak, Mr Lewis Early, Ms Katinka Blauw, Ms Chorlene Biron-Monnier, Mr Alan Soutar, Mr Andre Kljajic, Mr Ian Kelly, Mr Colin Howley, Mr Daniel Davies, Mr Paul Adams, Mr Malik Ayman.

Laura Musins

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Date: 26/Feb/2014, 13:39
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The 14th ITA Cork Open took place in the Neptune Stadium in Cork City on the 15th & 16th of February. The tournament was attended by 620 competitors from 35 clubs from Ireland, Scotland and Germany over the 2 days including many of the Irish National Team from last year’s World Championships including Senior World Champion Dylan Fitzgibbon, junior world champions Ellen Ince & Dylan Murphy as well as many other medallists and experienced internationals.

Saturday was the day for cadets (14 – 17) and seniors, competing in patterns, sparring, special technique & power. The day began promptly at 10am running over 4 rings. There was a very high standard across all section including in the senior 4 – 6th Dan patterns where Stephen Ryan faced Hong Looi in the final with very impressive performances of Moon Moo. Mr Ryan taking Gold on this occasion

As with all ITA tournaments, the blackbelt sparring sections where conducted using a pool & requalification system where competitors fight everyone else in their section. This made for some very competitive high-quality matches. Rostik Ivanchuk took gold in the senior -57kg sparring section, while Luke Woods, Dylan Fitzgibbon & Richard Forde took gold in the -70, 78 & 85kg sections respectively. In the female divisions Katy Laffan, Sarah Lehane & Sarah Barry took first place in their sections

The best senior competitors at the tournament were Eddie Dillon (2 Gold & 1 Silver) & Katy Laffan (1 Gold, 2 Silvers) while the best overall junior titles were awarded to Maeve Magee (2 Golds) and Dylan Murphy (1 Gold, 2 Silvers)

On Sunday there was a very high standard on the floor in the under 13s competing in patterns, sparring & special technique across eight rings. Notable performances on the day came from Eve Ince from Killester & Cian Barrett from Cork ITA who took two gold medals each, while Ciara Fitzsimons from IMAA & Liam Kervick from Waterford both won treble gold, taking first place in patterns, sparring and special technique!

Overall the 2014 Cork Open proved to be a very successful tournament, for organisers, competitors and spectators alike. Gratitude must be expressed to the ITA tournament committee of Mrs Laura Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Master Pat Barry, and Mr Stephen Ryan for their work in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend of the Cork Open. We now look forward to our next tournament, the Dublin Open which takes place in Dublin in April.


Top Ten Clubs at the ITA Cork Open 2014
1st          Integrity Martial Arts Academy                                  100 points
2nd        Cork ITA                                                                         89 points
3rd         Cork Taekwon-Do North Mon Carrigaline              85 points
4th         Mahon/Bandon                                                             36 points
5th         Blanchardstown                                                           35 points
6th         Quin TKD                                                                       33 points
7th         Waterford/Tipperary ITF                                              31 points
8th         Newlands TKD                                                             30 points
8th         Killester 10th                                                                 30 points
10th         Kingdom TKD                                                              24 points

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Author: S Ryan
Date: 18/Feb/2014, 14:44
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